Oakland County – Daily Detroit http://www.dailydetroit.com What To Know And Where To Go In Metro Detroit Wed, 12 Sep 2018 02:13:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 Clarkston’s Union Woodshop To Get Mural From The DIA http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/09/07/clarkstons-union-woodshop-to-get-mural-from-the-dia/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/09/07/clarkstons-union-woodshop-to-get-mural-from-the-dia/#respond Fri, 07 Sep 2018 14:03:00 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=42767

The popular Union Woodshop barbecue restaurant in Clarkston is getting an outdoor mural courtesy of the Detroit Institute of Arts.

The 16-by-12-foot mural is titled “The Village of Clarkston” and is dominated by a mill wheel in homage to the area’s agricultural roots. It will depict buildings in Clarkston’s historic district, themes such as home, education, commerce and spirituality, and a millpond on the lower half with native plants and animals.

The mural is being led by DIA artists Alex Gilford and Vito Valdez. They’re partnering with Denyse Couture, creative director of the Clarkston Cultural Arts Council.

It’s one of three public art projects happening in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties to bring art into local communities through partnerships with local nonprofits.

Installation was set to begin Thursday and be wrapped up by the end of the month.

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Anti-Semitic Flyers Distrbuted in Ferndale, Royal Oak http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/09/05/anti-semitic-flyers-distrbuted-in-ferndale-royal-oak/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/09/05/anti-semitic-flyers-distrbuted-in-ferndale-royal-oak/#respond Wed, 05 Sep 2018 14:31:06 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=42751

Anti-semitic flyers were found taped to a church door on Sunday morning.

The Ferndale First United Methodist Church on Woodward found the fliers that include caricatures of Jewish men. The flier says that Jews are coming for your free speech. It also promotes the alt-right websites Infowars and Daily Stormer.

The fliers, pictures of which were posted to social media, include the line that says the fliers are “brought to you by your local Stormer book club.”

The Daily Stormer is an anti-semitic website that has been banned from a series of at least 15 domains.

Apparently, fliers were also found at Arts, Beats and Eats in Royal Oak over the weekend and have been posted in other places in the area.

Ferndale police have released a video of the man on their Youtube channel, with hopes of talking to him about his quote “non-threatening but disturbing flyers” and to give him a trespass warning.

Nationally, anti-semitic incidents have doubled since 2015, according to the Anti-Defamation League.

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New Coworking Space PatchWork Collective Opens In Ferndale http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/08/31/new-coworking-space-patchwork-collective-opens-in-ferndale/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/08/31/new-coworking-space-patchwork-collective-opens-in-ferndale/#respond Fri, 31 Aug 2018 23:47:25 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=42690 Wednesday marked the grand opening of PatchWork Collective, a new coworking space just outside of downtown Ferndale.

Located on Woodward at the intersection of West Marshall, PatchWork Collective occupies the majority of the space formerly held by the now-downsized InkAddict tattoo parlor.

PatchWork Collective splits their space into several parts. First, the front of the building contains the open coworking area. Shared desks fill the center of the space and casual lounge areas occupy the corners. Three secluded phone booths are at the back where members can take private calls or work with fewer distractions.

Casual space at PatchWork Collective
One of the casual spaces in the shared area

Second, to the right of the common area is a pop-up retail space where Long White Beard sells custom furniture. The plan is for small local businesses to rotate through this space.

Finally, dedicated, private offices and rooms fill the back of the space. Each space comes furnished with a locker and a shower for bicycle commuters. Acupuncturist Darlene Berger, MSAc currently rents one of the spaces.

Private office space
One of the available private spaces

CEO and cofounder Lisa Schmidt talked to me on the Daily Detroit podcast. She says that the space is geared toward local small businesses and freelancers. In contrast, she says other area coworking spaces court startups.

Members can pay by the day, the month, or the year. You can visit PatchWork Collective’s website for more information.

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Yes Brooks, Rebuilding Detroit Is A Righteous Cause http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/08/09/rebuilding-detroit/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/08/09/rebuilding-detroit/#respond Thu, 09 Aug 2018 18:34:58 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=42502 In his latest divisive missive, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson sounds like an emperor yelling at the thunder clouds in the sky, ordering it not to rain.

According to the letter, some CEOs of large companies and organizations in the area are getting together an initiative to either improve or go around the Detroit Regional Chamber. I have no knowledge of the ins and outs of the plan. If there’s anything to know in Detroit area politics, plans aren’t done until they’re done and things can shift quickly.

Patterson’s letter calls on Oakland County Chamber directors to meet at his office to discuss a few things. Specifically the idea that Detroit is going to take the suburb’s investment leads.

“You don’t have to read between the lines, it is clear what is happening: these self-appointed saviors for southeast Michigan are in the process of forming an ‘economic partnership’ to direct business investments to the City of Detroit … They will have no hesitation about coming into your community and snatching business leads in the righteous cause of ‘rebuilding Detroit.’ “

This is ironic because for decades Oakland County has benefitted on the decline of Detroit, offering incentives to attract businesses while the whole region sinks (more on that in a minute).

It’s only recently the shift started going the other way, starting with Compuware and Quicken Loans and increasing in pace as of late.

But the world is changing around Brooks and leaders like him. Not only is Detroit improving its business climate (and acumen at keeping employers), but the overall talent market is changing, too. To be globally competitive for top talent, you need more urban spaces. More walkability. Real transit. Amenities. There’s a reason why Ford is moving their mobility operations to the old Michigan Central Depot and making huge investments in Corktown. It’s not charity.

It’s because they believe it’ll be attractive to workers that will keep their business competitive.

Although I applaud Patterson and his balanced budgets, I also don’t buy that the last set of city or suburban leaders going all the way back to 1970 have been very good for metro Detroit. They’ve played our divisions (and we citizens fell for it) to our detriment.

Everyone talks about the city of Detroit’s decline and the suburbs rise. But I pose another idea.

That while we’ve been fighting with each other, we all have been losing. People haven’t been choosing metro Detroit while the country has lapped us. The entire Detroit region has lost people between 1970 and 2016, while the country gained nearly 60 percent.

In 1970, the Detroit region’s population was 4,490,902. In 2016, it was at 4,313,002. That’s a drop of 3.9 percent.

The entire region has seen a decline while the rest of the country’s population grew 57.6 percent. In 1970, there were about 205.1 million people in the United States. In 2016, 323.4 million.

If metro Detroit was just keeping pace with the growth the rest of the country saw, our region would now have about 7 million people. That isn’t winning. That’s not even keeping up.

Patterson may have a large amount of power in his fiefdom, but greater forces are gathering around him that he cannot control.

Many workers under 40 today have a different set of priorities. Not just any job will do. They saw their families and parents get decimated by the housing crisis, so many don’t buy into the traditional system of get a white picket house in the ‘burbs, drive around everywhere, eat a bunch of fast food and go home.

In fact, many workers can’t afford that suburban house (if they even want it anymore) with high student loan debt and other burdens that previous financial generations didn’t have. It’s rare that quality talent stays in the same job for years, and so they may move… or even move cities. Their purchasing tastes are different too. For instance, the giant brewers are suffering while craft ones are rising. There’s a reason you see so many so-called “hipster” places in Detroit. Because it works. People frequent them.

Sure, those workers — often referred to as millenials — are the brunt of a lot of jokes, but that’s who is the predominant workforce now.

And to be sure, there have been suburban areas that have seen more major investment as of late. They look more like Ferndale and Royal Oak.

Detroit’s legacy leaders shouldn’t think about competition against each other, but that we’re in a national and global marketplace.

Detroit’s brand is hot. Those ads in subways in New York and on billboards across the country don’t read “Shinola Huntington Woods,” or “Shinola Franklin,” or “Shinola Bloomfield Hills.”

They read Shinola Detroit.

Because Detroit matters. The brand matters. And so does rebuilding Detroit.

Yes, we need to make sure the comeback is inclusive. Inclusive for the citizens that live here, and inclusive as in the entire region seeing benefits and growing together. To me, that’s part of what it means to be a Detroiter. We pioneered the $5 work day, and we for years were a place where the middle class could enjoy an amazing standard of living. We set that bar.

So yes Brooks, rebuilding Detroit is a righteous cause. One to be proud of and part of. But to make it happen, we’re going to think differently than we have in the past.

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$250,000 Grants Will Go To Detroit, Ferndale For Skate Parks From Tony Hawk Foundation http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/08/07/250000-grants-will-go-to-detroit-ferndale-for-skate-parks-from-tony-hawk-foundation/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/08/07/250000-grants-will-go-to-detroit-ferndale-for-skate-parks-from-tony-hawk-foundation/#respond Tue, 07 Aug 2018 15:43:20 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=42492

Ferndale and Detroit got some good news when they learned they were the recipients of $250,000 matching grants from the Tony Hawk Foundation and the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation to build free public skateparks.

Ferndale plans to build its skatepark at Wilson Park, while Detroit’s will be built at Riverside Park, which was the subject of a land swap deal three years ago with the Moroun family, owners of the Ambassador Bridge, which lies just to the east.

It will be Ferndale’s first public skatepark of any kind, while Detroit has the Ride It Sculpture Park on the East Davison Freeway, the Wig DIY Skatepark in the Cass Corridor and the Wayfinding Skatepark near Campus Martius, where Tony Hawk himself made an appearance this spring to mark its reopening for the season. Hawk also purchased an old home in Detroit’s Woodbridge neighborhood two years ago and frequently visits the city with his wife, who is from the Detroit area and has relatives here.

Ferndale’s skatepark will feature poured concrete bowls and other features, though a design has yet to be chosen. Brad Dahlhofer, the co-owner of B. Nektar meadery (and a friend of yours truly) who has been active working with the city’s parks and rec department on the project, says he’s connected with many top skatepark designers and builders, saying in a Facebook group, “We WILL have a bad-ass park.”

Work on the Ferndale park is expected to start next spring.

The grants were part of a round of more than $1.5 million to build skateparks in low-income communities (wait, Ferndale’s a low-income community?). Other cities receiving grants were Ypsilanti and Port Huron, plus Rochester and Amherst, N.Y. The two nonprofits launched the Built To Play Skatepark Program this spring to help build skateparks in the 16 communities the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation serves in southeast Michigan and western New York.

Will a return to skateboarding be your humble writer’s midlife crisis? Stay tuned.

This post originally appeared on the 8Wood Blog.

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LISTEN: Previewing The Savor Food and Wine Festival At The Detroit Zoo August 10 & 11 http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/08/03/listen-previewing-the-savor-food-and-wine-festival-at-the-detroit-zoo-august-10-11/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/08/03/listen-previewing-the-savor-food-and-wine-festival-at-the-detroit-zoo-august-10-11/#respond Fri, 03 Aug 2018 18:07:08 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=42480
The Food and Wine Festival will have more than 60 food and drink vendors. There will be plenty of wine, beer and drink choices during the event. Each ticket will receive 12 sampling tickets.

If you’re curious to learn more, Lauren Mohon from Hour Detroit joins me on the show to talk about the upcoming Savor Food and Wine Festival at the Detroit Zoo. 

Tickets for the event are $65 per person. You can find tickets for the festival here. A portion of the proceeds will go towards the Detroit Zoological Society.

The two day festival will take place on the evenings of August 10 and 11 from 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.

The Detroit Zoo is located at 8450 W 10 Mile Road Royal Oak, Michigan 48067


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PODCAST: Thoughts on Transit, Is South Ferndale SoFe? And More Stories http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/07/31/ferndale-sofe/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/07/31/ferndale-sofe/#respond Wed, 01 Aug 2018 02:52:18 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=42476

Here are the show notes for the Daily Detroit News Byte Podcast recorded on July 31, 2018.

Next week is the primary election in Michigan, and many voters in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne Counties will be weighing the issue of transit. And Sven and Jer weigh in with their opinions.

Janitors that take care of some of Detroit’s most iconic buildings – as well as the Detroit Public Schools Community District and Detroit Metro Airport – have signed a contract for a $15 an hour minimum wage.

The Detroit City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to institute a hard cap of 75 medical marijuana dispensaries in the city. They also opted to increase regulations on the industry.

Foreclosures continue to be an issue in the city of Detroit. This month, the American Civil Liberties Union reached a settlement with the city to help homeowners buy back their foreclosed homes for $1,000.

Some restaurant news out of Auburn Hills. Ziggy’s Cheesesteaks – a restaurant that bills itself as a “taste of South Philly” – is opening sometime in October.

Downtown Birmingham will soon reopen to vehicle traffic after a massive construction project shut down four blocks for the past four months.

So-fee? So-Feh? So-fay? We’re not sure how to pronounce it, but it’s what the city of Ferndale is calling Southern Ferndale. And they’re inviting you to come out to the first-ever SoFe Livernois Stroll. Here are the details from the city:

Celebrate summer and shopping local at the first ever SoFe Livernois Stroll! The SoFe Livernois Stroll is a sidewalk fair geared towards attracting customers and promoting Southern Ferndale (SoFe) businesses during construction.

The first event of the four-part series will take place on Saturday, August 11 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. The City of Ferndale hired Chariot shuttle to run up and down Livernois for the duration of the event.  Free valet will run from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.  Shuttle parking is available at Ferndale High School and all other shared lots. Shuttle route stops: Ferndale High School, 9 and Livernois, Kulick Center, Livernois and Fielding.  Enjoy a prepaid Lyft code worth $7 off 4 rides for the entire month of August to get to your Livernois destination. The discounted Lyft code for the month of August is LIVERNOISAUG.

Participating businesses will have special event promotions and discounts.  Join Green Daffodil for their Summertime Ice Cream Social, featuring ice cream from Treat Dreams.  Green Daffodil will be making a limited-edition Michigan Peach soy candle specifically for the customers of the SoFe Stroll.  To view more participating businesses and their exclusive offers, check out the SoFe Livernois Stroll Facebook event and the bit.ly/livernois webpage.


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On Aug. 7, Vote ‘Yes’ To Support SMART Bus Service http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/07/31/on-aug-7-vote-yes-to-support-smart-bus-service/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/07/31/on-aug-7-vote-yes-to-support-smart-bus-service/#respond Tue, 31 Jul 2018 12:23:29 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=42463 The Detroit region already squandered the latest, best opportunity to invest in our region and sharpen our economic competitiveness, thanks to the intransigence of Oakland and Macomb Counties in stonewalling the latest Regional Transit Authority plan.

The refusal of Oakland and Macomb representatives to simply approve putting the proposal before voters this year means we’ll likely have to wait at least two more years to try and resurrect the issue yet again after voters narrowly rejected a similar plan in 2016.

Meanwhile, we can preserve the modest transit system we do have next week, when voters in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne Counties will consider renewing the millage supporting the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation, the bus system that provides nearly 10 million rides annually, through 2021.

Voters last approved a SMART millage in 2014 with 66 percent of the vote. The bus agency is using the resulting funding increase to replace 35 aging buses, most of which had racked up at least 500,000 miles (show of hands how many of you are driving cars with that many miles on them — we’ll wait).

The approval has also allowed the agency to put money it had been pouring into maintenance toward expanding service and launching the FAST bus service, which offers seven-day-a-week limited-stop express service on Woodward and Gratiot Avenues and from downtown to Metro Airport aboard WiFi-enabled buses. Ridership on those corridors is reportedly up more than 30 percent, while overall SMART ridership has risen 11 percent.

Yet proponents of SMART are clearly nervous. Blame anti-transit sentiment dredged up by the latest failed Regional Transit Authority plan and concern that voters will confuse the proposals, but also blame anti-tax zealots who are trying to defeat the proposal. A group called the MI Taxpayers Alliance out of Macomb County is making robocalls and sending out mailers, setting up a false choice between the SMART renewal and fixing the region’s crumbling roads.

It’s not an either-or scenario. The reality is, the increases that would result from the proposal passing are miniscule. Residents who own a home valued at $200,000 in Macomb County are looking at a whopping 78 cents extra per year over current levels, and $1.37 more each year in Oakland County. For voters in Wayne County who already pay the full 1-mill levy, there would likely be no change in their SMART tax levy.

Voting no also does nothing to fix our Third-World roads. The two are separate issues, and neither cancels out the other.

Claims that public transportation is somehow rendered obsolete by ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft, or by the dawn of self-driving vehicles, are absurd. Let’s be honest: Uber is great, but it’s a privilege available to people of means who are comfortable using technology. It has nothing to offer seniors who don’t use smartphones, the poor or disabled people who need wheelchair access. As for the latter? Well, consider the fact that Congress still hasn’t been able to pass legislation governing autonomous vehicles. And think about the problems leading companies like Uber and Tesla have had with their own autonomous or semi-autonomous programs. Bottom line: the technology isn’t ready.

Detroit is seeing levels of investment and economic wins the likes of which your Daily Detroit team has never seen in their lifetimes. But the need for economic development remains massive, and it hardly stops at 8 Mile Road. We see plenty of examples of older suburbs falling into blight and disinvestment.

SMART has demonstrated sound fiscal stewardship and impressive operational improvements. It’s far from perfect, or comprehensive, but it’s the region’s best option for getting people to and from jobs. Cutting off funding now would be the worst kind of self-inflicted economic wound.

Vote yes on renewing the SMART millage Aug. 7.

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CONFIRMED: MoGo Bike Share Will Expand To Livernois ‘Avenue Of Fashion’ In Detroit http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/07/17/confirmed-mogo-bike-share-will-expand-livernois-avenue-fashion-detroit/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/07/17/confirmed-mogo-bike-share-will-expand-livernois-avenue-fashion-detroit/#respond Tue, 17 Jul 2018 22:15:22 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=42388

As we reported last week, Detroit’s MoGo bike share program plans to expand next spring to new Detroit neighborhoods and five inner-ring suburbs. And we can now confirm that that Detroit neighborhood is the Livernois “Avenue of Fashion” district between McNichols and Eight Mile, where it will join up with Ferndale, another participating community.

We had Lisa Nuszkowski, founder and executive director of MoGo, and Justin Lyons, the city of Ferndale’s planning manager, on the Daily Detroit News Byte to talk in more detail about the plans to expand bike sharing to more communities.

Starting next spring, MoGo will add around 30 new stations and 150 of its orange bikes to the Avenue of Fashion and the suburbs Berkley, Ferndale, Huntington Woods, Oak Park and Royal Oak, thanks to a $495,380 Transportation Alternatives Program grant awarded by SEMCOG. MoGo has also received a $35,000 grant from the Better Bike Share Partnership to work with the various communities and the Live6 Alliance to help design the program.

Have a listen in the player above.

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LISTEN: New Cass-Henry Historic District With Eric Kehoe, MoGo Expansion, Red Bull Arts Detroit, & Amazon Hiring http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/07/11/listen-new-cass-henry-historic-district-eric-kehoe-mogo-expansion-red-bull-arts-detroit-amazon-hiring/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/07/11/listen-new-cass-henry-historic-district-eric-kehoe-mogo-expansion-red-bull-arts-detroit-amazon-hiring/#respond Wed, 11 Jul 2018 21:52:38 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=42364

On today’s show, we dive into yesterday’s late-breaking news about Detroit City Council’s vote to establish the new Cass-Henry Historic District in the shadow of Little Caesars Arena.

The district includes two buildings owned by the Ilitch family that they’ve proposed to demolish as part of the District Detroit project.

We speak with Eric Kehoe, president of the board of directors at Preservation Detroit, about the significance of making it a historic district and what it means for those two buildings.

In other news, the MoGo bike-share program will expand to new neighborhoods in Detroit, plus five inner-ring suburbs: Berkley, Ferndale, Huntington Woods, Oak Park and Royal Oak. Starting next spring, MoGo will add about 150 bikes and roughly 30 new stations.

Red Bull Arts is expanding its contemporary arts program in the city with its newly renamed Red Bull Arts Detroit program and an expanded artists residency program beginning in 2019. It’s launching three new programs for artists and writers, with a five-person selection committee to evaluate applications.

And finally, Amazon is hanging a help wanted sign on its huge new fulfillment center in Romulus, where it plans to hire 1,500 full-time workers to pack and ship goods to consumers.

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